Nominations Requested for Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee

By: Stericycle

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is soliciting nominees for a new Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee. Nominations from across the transportation and manufacturing industries are encouraged.

“The Department is seeking experts from diverse technical and transportation backgrounds to evaluate safety improvements for the transportation of lithium batteries,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The committee will facilitate communication among:

  • Manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries
  • Manufacturers of products incorporating both large and small lithium ion and lithium metal batteries
  • Air carriers
  • Federal government

This communication will promote the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries. It will also improve the effectiveness, as well as the economic and social impacts, of related regulation.

Those interested must submit nominations within 21 days of the Federal Register publication date. For further information, see the announcement as submitted to the Federal Register.

The mission of the PHMSA is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.

As a result of today’s mobile and convenience-driven society, batteries play a very important role in our daily lives. Battery chemical composition contribute to increasing environmental toxicity.

Consequently, in landfills, battery waste leaks into ground soil causing irreversible damage and can eventually reach our water supply. Incinerators, on the other hand, burn batteries releasing toxic gas into the air. For these reasons, Stericycle Environmental Solutions has created a convenient, compliant process for our customers to recycle used or expired batteries.

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Information about Stericycle Environmental Solutions’ battery recycling services can be found here.